Young guns on state team
THE future is bright for the Sunshine Coast triathlon fraternity, with five Coast athletes making it into the Triathlon Queensland team.
Those selected in the maroons team are under-20s Romy Wolstencroft (Sunshine Coast Tri Academy), Jake Hynes (SCTA), under-16s Chloe McLennan (Race Pace Coaching), and under-14s Peyton Craig (SCTA) and Jazzy Shults (SCTA).
All members of the team will compete in the Australian Junior and Youth Championship series.
This season marks an important one for athletes as they work towards selection for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games team.
The Queensland team has a long history of producing athletes who have proved successful on the world stage. Olympians Ashleigh Gentle, Emma Jackson and Ryan Fisher, and 2017’s breakthrough athlete Matt Hauser, have all been Triathlon Queensland representatives in their junior years.
“We have selected athletes into this program for a long time, and we are looking to continue that tradition, but also really focus down on these athletes,” executive director Tim Harradine said ahead of the national series.
“We will be working through a holistic approach to develop these individuals as athletes and people.
“Triathlon is a late developing sport, and we realise there is a wealth of talent in this group and in those not selected. We will be looking to assist in the growth and development of as many athletes as possible.”
Junior development and coaching officer Dan Mangano had nothing but praise for the local clubs and coaches.
“The coaches of these athletes have done an amazing job in developing these athletes, the clubs continue to support the program, and we are excited about this crop of talent coming through,” he said.
Athletes have been selected from across Queensland, based on their results over the past season.
Placings in the national junior series, the School Sport Australia competition and local competitions were used in the selection process.
Automatic selection was granted to athletes with outstanding results in last year’s national junior series or Australian Schools Championships. The depth of talent within the pool of junior athletes made the selection process difficult.
The schedule for the team will be finalised in the next week.
“We look forward to supporting our athletes over the coming season and watching them grow and develop,” Dan said.
Jazzy Shults is on the Queensland team.